Royal Galipeau

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Royal N. Galipeau
Royal Galipeau.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Ottawa—Orléans
In office
January 23, 2006 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Marc Godbout
Succeeded by Andrew Leslie
Personal details
Born (1947-01-05) January 5, 1947 (age 69)
St-Isidore, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Anne Pallascio
Children Louis, Paul, Claude & Mimi
Residence Ottawa
Profession Advisor, businessman, corporate director

Royal Galipeau (born January 5, 1947 in St-Isidore, Ontario) is a former Member of Parliament for the Ottawa—Orléans federal constituency. He was first elected as a Conservative Party candidate in the 2006 election, and was reelected in 2008 and 2011. He was one of the Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons between the 2006 and 2008 elections. He was defeated in the 2015 election by retired Canadian Forces Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie. In February 2014 he revealed that he was battling multiple myeloma, but insisted he would run for office again in the 2015 election.[1]

Municipal politics and early career[edit]

In 1982, he was elected to Gloucester City Council.[2] On city council, he helped introduce equal opportunity hiring policies and unsuccessfully pushed to replace the term "alderman" with a gender-neutral term.[citation needed] In 1985, he ran for mayor of Gloucester, finishing third behind fellow councillor Harry Allen and interim mayor Mitch Owens.[citation needed]

Galipeau was appointed in 2001 by the Council of the newly amalgamated city of Ottawa as Trustee of the Ottawa Public Library, where he helped introduce content-filtered Internet access to city public libraries to protect from Internet pornography on library computers.[2] In 2004, he was the only Trustee of the previous term to be reappointed by City Council.[citation needed] He was twice elected as vice-chair of the Board.[citation needed]

Furthermore, he served on the Ottawa-Carleton Regional District Health Council, helping prepare a policy for the delivery of minority language health services.[2] In 2005, Galipeau was involved in the East-West Light Rail Transit Corridor Environmental Assessment Committee, studying implementation of a rapid transit system across Ottawa.[2] Galipeau has also served two terms as a director of TVOntario.[2] In this role, he helped bring about the launch of the Francophone TFO service.[citation needed]

Federal politics[edit]

Galipeau started politics as a Liberal and worked for MPs Mauril Bélanger and Eugène Bellemare.[3] He also served as campaign manager for the unsuccessful Liberal candidate in Carleton in the 1995 Ontario provincial election.[citation needed]

However, in May 2005, he decided to run for the Conservatives. The riding of Ottawa—Orléans was a Conservative target. In the 2004 federal election, Walter Robinson, the high-profile head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, failed to capture the seat, losing to Liberal newcomer Marc Godbout by 2,800 votes. Galipeau won the 2006 election by less than 2000 votes.

From April 2006 to November 2008, Galipeau was Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, which allowed him to sit in the Speaker's chair when the Speaker and Deputy Speaker were both absent.[4][5] In May 2007, Galipeau apologized for an incident in which he broke parliamentary rules by crossing the floor to argue with Liberal MP David McGuinty after a heated exchange over the Conservative MP's record on Francophone rights.[5]

After being re-elected in the 2008 election, Galipeau ran to replace Peter Milliken as Speaker of the House, but lost.[6] Galipeau was re-elected in the 2011 election, but was defeated by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in the 2015 federal election to former Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie of the Liberal Party.

Galipeau is a pro-life MP and has attended and spoken at the Campaign Life Coalition's annual March for Life event on Parliament Hill several times, including in 2011, 2013, and 2015.[7][8][9]

Electoral history[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Orléans
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Andrew Leslie 46,542 59.7 +21.72
Conservative Royal Galipeau 23,821 30.5 -14.68
New Democratic Nancy Tremblay 6,215 8.0 -5.98
Green Raphaël Morin 1,410 1.8 -1.06
Total valid votes/Expense limit 77,988 100   $240,250.25
Total rejected ballots 272 0.30
Turnout 78,260 81.37
Eligible voters 96,174
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +18.2
Canadian federal election, 2011: Ottawa–Orléans
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Royal Galipeau 28,584 44.55 -0.29
Liberal David Bertschi 24,649 38.42 -0.32
New Democratic Martine Cenatus 9,086 14.16 +4.06
Green Paul Maillet 1,839 2.87 -3.45
Total valid votes/Expense limit 64,158 100.00
Total rejected ballots 235 0.36
Turnout 64,393 72.76
Eligible voters 88,502
Conservative hold Swing +0.03
Canadian federal election, 2008: Ottawa–Orléans
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Royal Galipeau 27,206 44.84 +3.80 $87,319
Liberal Marc Godbout 23,504 38.74 -0.37 $86,870
New Democratic Amy O'Dell 6,127 10.10 -3.98 $1,544
Green Paul Maillet 3,833 6.32 +2.50 $3,951
Total valid votes/Expense limit 60,670 100.00 $88,543
Conservative hold Swing +2.09
Canadian federal election, 2006: Ottawa–Orléans
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Royal Galipeau 25,414 41.04 +0.70
Liberal Marc Godbout 24,215 39.11 -5.88
New Democratic Mark Leahy 9,339 15.08 +5.01
Green Sarah Samplonius 2,368 3.82 -0.78
Independent Alain Saint-Yves 585 0.94
Total valid votes 61,921 100.00
Conservative hold Swing +3.29
Gloucester, Ontario mayoral election, 1985 Votes %
Harry Allen 7,390 37.97
Mitch Owens (X) 6,257 32.15
Royal Galipeau 5,814 29.88


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Galipeau, Royal". Globe and Mail. 2005. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Mcgregor, Glen (18 August 2015). "Riding profile: Trudeau 'star' challenges Tory in once-safe Liberal Orléans". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Author.Books "GALIPEAU, Royal" Check |url= value (help). Library of Parliament. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Ottawa MP apologizes after alleged assault in Parliament". CBC News. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ottawa-Orléans MP running for Speaker". Ottawa Citizen. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Wingrove, Josh (9 May 2013). "Conservative MPs rally for renewed abortion debate". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Thousands attend Ottawa anti-abortion rally". Ottawa Citizen. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Feibel, Adam (28 May 2015). "Make abortion an election issue, MPs urge demonstrators". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Marcel Proulx, Liberal
House of Commons Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole House
Succeeded by
Denise Savoie, NDP